may at least be able to give some sort of reason why should not. We go into mourning for your Electress Sunday; I suppose they will tack the Elector of Mentz her, for he is just dead. I delight in Richcourt's calc tion: I don't doubt but it is the method he often uses accounting with the Great Duke.
I have had two letters from you of the 5th and 12th, v> a note of things coming by sea; but, my dear child, you either run Roman Catholicly devout, or take me to be for nothing but a religious fit of zeal could make you th of sending me so many presents. Why, there are Madon enough in one case to furnish a more than common cathec —I absolutely will drive to Demetrius, the silversmith's, i bespeak myself a pompous shrine! But, indeed, serioui how can I, who have a conscience, and am no saint, take these things? You must either let me pay for them, I will demand my unfortunate coffee-pot again, which put you upon ruining yourself. By the way, do let have it again, for I cannot trust it any longer in your ha: at this rate; and since I have found out its virtue, I ^ present it to somebody, whom I shall have no scruple letting send me bales and cargoes, and ship-loads Madonnas, perfumes, prints, frankincense, &c. You h not even drawn upon me for my statue, my Hermaphrod my gallery, and twenty other things, for which I am 1 fully your debtor.
I must tell you one thing, that I will not say a wore my Lord of this Argosie, as Shakspeare calls his costly sh till it is arrived, for he will tremble for his Dominicl and think it will not come safe in all this company—by way, will a captain of a man-of-war care to take all ? were talking over Italy last night: my Lord protests, tha
4 Karl Philipp von Elz, Archbishop and Elector of Mainz, d. Marcl 1743.